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Trolleybuses in Kathmandu

The Kathmandu trolleybus system once served Kathmandu, the capital city of the then Kingdom of Nepal. It was the only trolleybus system ever to be constructed in that country.[1]

Kathmandu trolleybus system
Kathmandu trolleybus 1993.jpg
A Shanghai SK541 in Kathmandu, August 1993.
Locale Kathmandu, Nepal
Open 28 December 1975 (1975-12-28)
Close November 2008 (2008-11) (suspended)
November 2009 (2009-11) (official closure)
Status Closed
Routes 1
Operator(s) Nepal Trolley Bus Service (NTBS)
(to 2001)
Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC)
(from 2003)
Stock 32 (maximum)[1]
Route length 13 km (8 mi)[1]
Ramshah Path
Madan Bandari Path
Arniko Highway
Ring Road
Madhyapur Thimi
Surya Binak

Opened on 28 December 1975 (1975-12-28),[1][2] the system was a gift to Nepal from the People's Republic of China. It endured a somewhat chequered history, particularly in the first decade of the 21st century. Operation was suspended completely for almost two years, from 19 December 2001 until 1 September 2003,[3] because of maintenance, financial and political issues. When service was reinstated in 2003, it did not cover the route's outer half, to Surya Binak.

Operations on the system were suspended again, and for the final time, in late November 2008 (2008-11),[2][3] and the system was formally closed (without ever resuming operation) in November 2009.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Murray, Alan (2000). World Trolleybus Encyclopaedia, p. 84. Yateley, Hampshire, UK: Trolleybooks. ISBN 0-904235-18-1.
  2. ^ a b "Trolleybus city: Kathmandu Nepal". TrolleyMotion. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Box, Roland (July–August 2010). "More about the 2000s". Trolleybus Magazine No. 292, pp. 79 and 82. National Trolleybus Association (UK). ISSN 0266-7452.

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